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December 11, 2011

Halftime blog: Panthers 23, Falcons 7

The Panthers scored 9 points in a 21-second span to swing the momentum and grab a 23-7 halftime lead over the Falcons.

The game was tied at 7 when the Panthers lined up to punt midway through the second quarter.

Jason Baker's 47-yard punt was downed by Captain Munnerlyn at the Falcons' 4-yard line. Three plays later, defensive end Antwan Applewhite dropped Matt Ryan for a safety to put the Panthers up 9-7.

Ryan was trying to throw to his left, but could not find an open receiver. Applewhite broke through the middle and hit Ryan for an 8-yard loss.

It was the second sack of the season for the Panthers. Greg Hardy had a safety against Jacksonville in Week 3.

Two plays after the ensuing free kick, DeAngelo Williams went around right end for a 74-yard touchdown on the longest rushing play of the season.

Tight end Jeremy Shockey sealed the edge with a nice block on the play.

But the Panthers weren't done. On their next possession, Cam Newton hit Greg Olsen on a tight end screen, and Olsen darted down the right sideline for a 44-yard score that increased the Panthers' lead to 23-7 with 3:03 left before halftime.

The Panthers made it appear they were setting up a screen play to Jonathan Stewart on the left side before Newton flipped the ball to Olsen, who received nice blocks from center Ryan Kalil and wideout Brandon LaFell.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on December 11, 2011 at 02:27 PM | Permalink


Great overall game and play calling by the Panthers in the first half. Keep it up guys. Love the coverage by the defense.

Posted by: Ryan | Dec 11, 2011 2:31:48 PM

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